this video to spread the word and help alert other parents that this teacher was still teaching in the district.
The Nerd sent me the link to this video last week as he commuted to work on the bus. The contents of the video made me physically ill; the Nerd later told me that he had no ability to focus in his first two meetings of the day after watching the video. It bothered me so much that I couldn't stop thinking about these teachers who were entrusted with the care of autistic children - teachers that abused the children with their words and actions. It made me angry and sad that kids who have a hard enough time being heard and understood were being taken advantage of in such a way by adults who should have known better. It felt personal, because I knew the same situation in theory could have happened to my Beast. Although he has better vocabulary skills than many autistic children, he never tells me about what happened at school. Never. His teacher gives me a list of things that they did in class to use as a conversation-starter with him. If it were not for that piece of paper, I literally would have no idea what went on in his classroom that day.
We recently made the hard decision to homeschool the Beast this upcoming school year. Watching this video only confirmed this decision for me. I am not generalizing this horrific behavior to all special ed teachers, as we have been most blessed by some amazing teachers and therapists for our Beast. Still, you want to protect your children all that you can. Sometimes, that means taking an alternative road to what others are doing or what the experts tell you you should be doing. And sometimes, it means spreading the word so that parents will be alert and involved enough in their child's schooling to prevent this kind of thing from happening again.